Many moons ago, I sat mesmerized in the performing arts center in Elko, Nevada, as a woman recited Harry Harbord Morant’s poem, Who’s Riding Old Harlequin Now? The setting was the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, and the Breaker’s work falls seamlessly into that tradition. The recitation was excellent, and it gave me chills to hear … [Read more...] about Who’s Riding Old Harlequin Now?
Good news from the world of Frontier Partisan art: The estimable John-Seerey Lester will release a new book later this year titled Legendary Hunters and Explorers. This must land on the FP coffee table. Here’s a glimpse of its glories... * Marilyn and I have secured our tickets to see Corb Lund in Bend in April, as he tours in … [Read more...] about More From The Trapline — February 2020
I raise a glass to his shade — and the shade of the ornery, cantankerous, brave and greedy French trapper he brought to life so vividly. Pasquinel, you magnificent bastard! … [Read more...] about Robert Conrad — RIP
His nickname meant “Killer” in the Zulu language, and he was proud of it, signing himself Alf Bulala Taylor. If you’ve seen the film Breaker Morant, the Intelligence Officer and Native Commissioner is played as a kind of sinister eminence by John Waters. Taylor was as responsible as any man for the killing spree that went down in the remote … [Read more...] about Bulala Taylor, Hard Man Of The Veld
On February 12, I have the honor of leading a group discussion after a screening of Breaker Morant at Sisters Movie House. This is part of the Sisters Community Church Creativity, Culture & Faith series, an outreach program that invites members of the broader community to engage on thorny moral and ethical questions accessed through films. I … [Read more...] about Working The Trapline — February 2020
Do you like to see a mountain stream a-flowin’ Do you like to see a young ’un with his dog Did you ever stop to think about, well, the air your breathin’ Well you better listen to my song And lord I can’t make any changes All I can do is write ’em in a song I can see the concrete slowly creepin’ Lord take me and mine before that comes — … [Read more...] about ‘All I Can Do Is Write About It’ — The Country Soul Of Ronnie Van Zant
Amazon Prime has proved to be a rich treasure trove of historical documentaries. Over New Years, I watched the three-part doco based on Ben Macintyre ’s outstanding book SAS: Rogue Heroes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ffkrQuDH60 Presented by Macintyre himself, it serves up dramatizations, period film and interview footage from 1987 … [Read more...] about Going Rogue
* I always enjoy checking the traps at this time of year, because they’re always full of prime peltries of promise for the new year. Like this here: * Born For The Saber is available in North America through iTunes and Amazon Prime, with English subtitles. This “education of a warrior” tale is a labor of love and a fine documentary tribute … [Read more...] about Working The Trapline — January 2020
May all your traps be ever full in 2020! … [Read more...] about Happy New Year! Party Like A Mountain Man!
Looks like we’ve got us a trippy Ned Kelly movie coming down the pike. From The Guardian: Justin Kurzel detonates a punk power-chord of defiance and anarchy with this brutally violent and unflinchingly stark tale that unfolds in a scorched, alien-looking landscape. The film is adapted by Shaun Grant from Peter Carey’s Booker prize-winning … [Read more...] about Ned Kelly Gets His Freak On